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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns


LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- All five officers suspended last week are now gone from the Leland Police Department. The town fired three of the officers today, and one more quit. A fifth officer quit earlier this week.

The town fired Lt. Rick Dellapia, Lt. Bill Kozak and Ofc. John Blasingame for cause. A news release from Town Manager David Hollis said the details of the dismissals will not be released until each man goes through an appeals process.

Ofc. Michael Landen quit today, joining former Deputy Chief Karl Smith, who quit Tuesday.

"The internal investigation regarding these individuals has concluded, and a summary of the details was delivered this morning," Interim Police Chief Mike James said in a statement. "We received the resignation letter from Michael Landen this morning prior to being briefed on the findings of the investigation. We will allow the process of appeal outlined in the personnel handbook to run its course before any further information of the investigation is released."

Earlier this month Chief James asked the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to help conduct an internal review of every member of the Leland Police Department. The results of that investigation have not been made public.

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The black cloud is starting to lift from Leland.

:) <-------------Kblue

For Sherry...........Nuff said! Say's who? Say's Kblue!


I am glad Brunswick County is finally doing something to clean up dirty cops. These guys definitely abuse their badges and they don't mind arresting people that didn't break any laws (even people over the age of 30 who have never been arrested before in their life). Karma eventually catches up with you.

seeking high profits in police and court services

Courts and police are strictly profit centers now. It's all about accusing and taking money from those who have worked their whole life and saved their money. Mr. Million Dollar BondMan at your service. 1 court increased their filing fee business in 1 year from 420 thousand to 4.8 Million dollars. These people all go to their Bar Association meetings and the guy who comes up with the best 'take people's money' scheme, is who they elect as President of the Legal Elite! Courts and police departments are both in competition and will destroy each other, their families, their reputation to get all the money for their agency.

mrs delapia

maybe mrs delapia will write us another letter appologizing for what her husband has done, i recall a long letter defending her husband who has been fired , or maybe she is waiting to see why he was fired? im sure he hasnt told her the truth ,but it will all come out sooner or later .she will probably be surprised by the outcome ...